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davemac

need tool advice for unscrewing water strainer

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davemac

I have an inline strainer in my boat that looks something like the one in the photo. It is not very accessible and gives me fits every year when I winterize...today was no exception.

I normally try to use one of those Craftsman rubber strap wrenches, and eventually get it to budge (yes I do put silicone or vaseline on the rubber gasket when I reinstall).

Any better suggestions....maybe a really large pair of adjustable pliers?

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shawndoggy

huh. mine is just very hand tight. I grip it with my fingers and turn.

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CanVLX

Towel and an oil filter wrench might do the trick.

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axius

All of these have been great suggestions to unscrew that strainer bowl. I encountered the same problem. Since then, I use anti-seizing compound on the threads. Now it unscrews by hand and it does not leak. So, once you get that bowl off the strainer you might consider a similar strategy. Just a friendly suggestion.

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Oberon

Warm water. I screwed around with mine for about twenty minutes before I thought of running warm water over the threads. Once it was warm it came off with little difficulty. I didn't tighten it nearly as much when I put it back together.

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Baddog

There was a whole article in Popular Mechanics recently on how tight to tighten stuff. A good read.

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